Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Messages

The CNO and MCPON have recorded their 2015 Holiday message, included below, but I thought this year I would also break out an old Holiday message from the submarine force.

I hope you enjoy it and Happy Holidays, whichever ones you are celebrating, to all my shipmates and fellow veterans (if the embedded file doesn't work, you can find the video on YouTube at:

The CNO and MCPON Holiday Message (if the embedded file doesn't work, you can find the video on YouTube at:

Monday, December 21, 2015

South Sound Base Decommissioning

After 14 years, South Sound Base closed with their Christmas party on Saturday, December 12 at the Poodle Dog Restaurant in Fife, WA.
South Sound Base members at the last meeting
Base Commander John Mansfield urged members to continue their memberships in the other northwest bases; Bremerton, Seattle, and Yakima.

You can read the final issue of South Sound Base's newsletter, the Klaxon, here. It has a great recap of all the events, charitable accomplishments, and other activities the base carried out during its existence.

 Fair Winds and Following Seas to all the South Sound members and we hope to see some of you at the Seattle Base meetings.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

2015 Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon

On Saturday, December 5th submarine veterans, family, and guests gathered at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue for the annual USSVI Seattle Base holiday luncheon. While the weather was dark and rainy, the club was warm and inviting.

The day started with the social hour, which gave us a chance to talk with shipmates we have not seen for a while, share our exploits from the past year, and to look at some of the submarine memorabilia on display. We then moved to the dining room for opening remarks, the annual toast (provided by Don Ulmer), and lunch.

After lunch it was time for awards. First up, Senior Vice Commander John Roberts presented the Shipmate of the Year Awards to Diane Giese and Lynda Shelton. We want to thank Diane and Lynda for all the hard work they’ve done for Seattle Base and congratulate them on the well-deserved awards.

Next was the presentation of a special award for Pat Householder. The award, which included patches from all of Pat’s boats, a special certificate, and written thanks from Seattle Base members, was for all the work Pat has done for USSVI and Seattle Base.

With the awards presented, the floor was then opened for sea stories and holiday remembrances. The microphone was passed around and we heard some old favorite stories, along with a few new tales.

We all had a good time at the event and a special thanks goes out to everyone who helped out with the luncheon. It is always good to see all of our shipmates and enjoy the holiday season with them. We didn't get photos of everyone at the event (some of you ducked out early or just avoided the camera), but I hope you enjoy the photos we did get.
Looking over the memorabilia table
Don Ulmer provides the kick-off toast
Here are a few photos around the dining room during lunch.
Chef Bob stops off to talk with club members Jay and Miri Davis
After lunch, it was time for the awards
John Roberts presenting the Shipmate of the Year awards
Shipmate of the Year winners Diane Giese and Lynda Shelton
Unveiling the award for Pat Householder
Pat Householder and Dick Gonzales with Pat's special recognition award
Finally, photos of the attendees (we are sorry if we missed getting your photo).
Miri and Jay Davis
Fran and Dick Gonzales
Larry Abbott and Lynn Schueler
Sue and Jerry Gerten
Bill and Diane Giese
Andrea Giesler
Av and Schell Harmon
Jim and Marilyn Harper
Bob and Dani Haslan
Doug Gilman
Ric Hedman
Pat Householder and Carolyn Davis
Barbara and Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz
Ron and Carol Muecke
Thea Benjamin and Bob Opple
Kingsly Parker
Karl and Linda Peterson
Kerry Ryan and Nancy Mitchell
Lynn and Dave Schueler
Ralph Sterley and Lois Twelves
Steve and Lynda Shelton
Bill and Judy Thompson
Carol and Don Ulmer
Keith and Judy Watson